The goal of this S.E.E.D. Grant funded, $5000 pilot program is to incentivize people who currently buy a semester or annual commuter parking pass to try bicycle commuting by partially reimbursing parking pass cost, offering educational and social support and offer discounts at the bike shop for demonstrated bicycle commuting.
Bicycling is a healthy, low cost and environmentally responsible form of transportation and recreation. In order to offer a transformational education in a learning environment that is inclusive, responsible, and prepares students to adapt and succeed in contemporary cities of the world, UMass Lowell aims to provide the infrastructure and policies that accommodate and encourage cycling as a consistent means of transportation. This project adds to the sustainability of our campus providing additional opportunities for people to exercise on the way to class or work, lower transportation costs and reduce environmental pollution from automobiles.
Participants must register for the program:
In order to qualify for reimbursements, participants are required to complete 30 round-trip, weekday commutes for an average of at least 2 weekday round trips per week for the duration of the semester by bicycle. They must not access a parking lot with their ID on bike commute days. Bicycle commutes will be counted from September 1 to December 20 (Fall semester) and January 21 to May 8, 2020 (Spring semester).
Participants successfully completing their 30 semester round trip commutes and submitting the successful verification materials will be awarded a parking pass reimbursement of up to $125 for students and up to $75 for faculty and staff at the beginning of the next semester.
Proof of commuting must be both:
Since reimbursement funds are limited. The first 100 participants to register will be accepted. It is likely not all 100 will finish. In the event that they do, the $5000 S.E.E.D. grant amount will be split among all finishers at the same student $125 to faculty/staff $75 ratio. Wait-listed participants are encouraged to follow the other program steps in case they are able to be accepted at a later time.
Non-Resident, UMass Lowell Students, Faculty and Staff who have purchased a parking pass for a total price of $175 or more.
*Reports from other ride tracking applications are acceptable as well. You must provide proof that you are riding.
**Membership in this group is for social engagement and encouragement purposes.
Once you have completed 30 Round Trip Commutes you may submit your Reimbursement Form and Bicycle Commute GPS Evidence (Strava Training Log Public Link Preferred), by email to: Freewheelers@uml.edu.
Download the It Pays to Ride Your Bike Reimbursement Form (pdf)
Deadline for submission:
Please email: Kevin_Soleil@uml.edu and Karina_Cruz@uml.edu with questions or comments regarding this pilot program.